Traffic measures put in place to improve pedestrian safety outside schools

By Shantelle Gondo

Traffic measures have been put in place to improve safety for pedestrians outside eight schools.

Leicester City Council carried out work during the COVID-19 pandemic to widen pavements, improve pedestrian access and reduce traffic flow outside city schools.

During the morning and afternoon school run times, streets outside schools will be completely closed to all vehicles – these schools include North Evington Bridge Junior School, Sandfield Close Primary School and St Thomas More School in Knighton.

Headteacher at St Thomas More School, Charlotte Crosse, said: “We have really welcomed the road closure at St Thomas More.

“It has made our families feel much safer as they bring their children to and from school. It has also helped boost the number of children walking, cycling, and scootering to school. 

“Hopefully it will have had a big impact on helping to reduce the air pollution near school each day.”

The road improvements have made streets safer and much quieter in the morning and end of the day especially for school children, and the city council is looking to make these changes permanent.

Work will also be completed to formalise the existing ‘School Keep Clear’ markings outside schools and include both single and double yellow line restrictions to deal with the issue of pavement parking.

In order to make all these changes permanent, the council’s Transport Improvement Works capital budget programme would have to fund around £90,000.

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